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The Radclyffe School, Oldham

In their own words

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to our website and to share with you a detailed insight into the school I am so proud to lead.

The Radclyffe School provides a first-class, comprehensive education in a twenty-first century learning environment.

The highly skilled, experienced and inspirational staff of the school lead our students through a five-year, personalised learning journey in the superb facilities of our flagship school. Our students not only achieve excellent examination results but also develop the broader skills, attributes and habits that will fully equip them for the next steps of their education.

We pride ourselves on the unique approach that we take regarding the development and support of our young people: this includes ‘The Radclyffe Way’ and ‘The Five Respects’ which underpin our daily practice and mission of ‘Working Together for Excellence’.

We also deploy all our staff as Personal Learning Guides (PLGs) who meet with students at the beginning of every school day to ensure that all their learning needs are being fulfilled and that any issues are quickly identified and resolved. In addition, the school is a fully inclusive and ‘Rights Respecting’ organisation which welcomes all children from our local community.

Please take the time to experience the virtual experiences and online resources on our new and improved website and gain a full appreciation of our ethos, values, standards and successes. If you are parent or carer of a child currently in Year 6, we hope that you will then be fully confident that The Radclyffe School is the right school for your child and the next five years of their learning journey.

Entrance is assessed via CAT4 cognitive assessment, from GL.

CAT4 is one of, if not the most unique school assessment in circulation. Most children will not have encountered either the CAT4 question types or the format, previously. The good news is that the very specific nature of the exam, means that with effort and perseverance it is possible to achieve confident preparation for your CAT4 entrance exam.

CAT4 is broken into 4 broad categories:

  • Quantitative Reasoning

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Spatial Reasoning

We have partnered with the test experts at Ready Steady Pass, to bring you the most accurate and best value CAT4 practise material for children between 6 and 13 years of age. The tests are prepared by specialist CAT4 writers and audited by AQA and EdExcel exam markers, and ISI independent school inspectors. Tests are taken online, include unlimited resits and emailed results including answer sheets to share with tutors and parents.

Click below to access our CAT4 page for more information

What questions can I expect?

Each of the 4 questions categories in CAT4 (which GL call "batteries") has two different question types, creating 8 mini exams.

Quantitative Reasoning assess numerical questions, with a focus on patterns and relationships:

  • Number Series questions involve identifying the missing number in a sequence.

  • Number Analogies questions are to do with spotting the relationships between pairs of numbers.

Verbal Reasoning asses the relationship between words:

  • The Verbal Classification battery focuses on word classes and word types.

  • Verbal Analogies questions identify the relationship between pairs of words.

Non-Verbal Reasoning looks at the relationship between shapes:

  • Figure Classification asks you to spot the relationship between a series of images and select the image that matches them.

  • Figure Matrices shows a pattern of shapes presented in a square, challenging us to choose the missing shape.

Spatial Reasoning is a particular kind of non-verbal reasoning:

  • Figure Recognition questions challenge us to find a hidden shape within an image.

  • Figure Analysis questions, sometimes called Folding questions, present the challenges of recognising unfolded paper that has been hole punched at a certain fold.

Click below to browse our CAT4 collection

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